Charity Fun Day

Well, the Green is now Open and the Fun Day over. Thank you to everyone who came along and enjoyed the fun.

It felt good to be back on the Green with friends again, sending your bowls towards the Jack. The green is pretty good, given the weather, but, today the sun shone and we all had a great time.

Green Opening – Charity Fun Afternoon

Just confirming that the Green will open for our first event on Tuesday 16th at 2pm.

This is our traditional Charity Match and so we will ask for £2 from each player to compete in the preliminary Spider. After the Spider, we will choose some teams to compete over 10 ends, depending on the numbers – So come along and loosen those arms!

After Tuesday the Green is obviously open for the rest of the season.

This week’s highlights:

  • We have a Men’s Practise on Thursday Evening
  • Friday is Club Night

Feel free to use the Green for a Roll Up anytime.

Looking forward to seeing you all.

Green Report – April 2024

Pre season preparation for the surface of the Green has been badly affected by the weather, not just of late, but all through the winter months.

We have not been able to cut the saturated grass at regular intervals, the last time being well over a week ago. The grass height needs to be gradually reduced to a playing level, in the correct conditions this may be managed over a week.

If bowls were played on the ground at the moment then damage would be caused due to the softness; on top of this the speed would be intolerably slow. Taking all this into account, the Green team will try to have a reasonable playing surface by Tuesday 16th April, but there is no guarantee, particularly if we have any more wet weather.

We’ve therefore decided to move the opening Charity Fun Day on 16th April at 2pm.

Alan Waters, Greenkeeper.

2024 Bowls Season – Social Bowling in Downton

Social Bowls is an important part of bowling at Downton. It helps new bowlers learn both the art and etiquette of playing bowls and builds confidence. This season we’re planning to change how our Social Bowling is organised. We will be holding two Social Bowling sessions a week:

  • A Social Bowling session on a Monday afternoon (excluding Bank holidays) starting at 2pm.
  • A Social Bowling session on a Friday evening from 6pm.

For Monday’ session, we are looking for volunteers (male and/or female) to run the session. This would involve arriving at the club a few minutes before 2pm to open up the clubhouse; put out the bowls equipment for a rink and then play a game. Afterwards, they will make the tea if needed and supervise the tidying up. If we get enough volunteers, you should only need to do this once in a season.

We will also be having Social Bowling on a Friday evening from 6pm. However we would recommend every member who has a mobile phone to subscribe to the Club’s WhatsApp group. You can then post a message on the Group saying you are going to play on a particular Friday and other players can respond saying they would like to join you. We will make tea and biscuits available on these days.

If you are willing to help the club and can volunteer for an afternoon on a Monday, please get in touch with Steve Allen by email or phone.

Thank you
Steve Allen

Downton hosting two New Forest Plate Finals

On Saturday, 9th September Downton Bowls Club will be hosting two New Forest Plate Finals.

The first final will start at 10.00am and the second at 2.00pm so there will be much to see all day.

Teas, coffees and other refreshments will be available over the course of the day – and the Bar will be open!

Spectators are warmly welcome.

Green Opening Postponed.

Due to the recent adverse weather conditions, the Greenkeeper has had to postpone the opening of the Green. However, it is anticipated that the Green will actually be open for Play from Tuesday, 18th April and will be available for the Ladies Practice at 2.00pm and the Men’s Practice at 6.15pm on that day. This will be dependent on the weather over the following few days.

The Opening Charity Fun Day and the President v Captain game will now take place on Saturday, 22nd and Sunday 23rd April respectively, at 2.00pm.

The Ladies Practice scheduled for Monday 17th has been postponed to Tuesday as previously stated.